An “elevator pitch” is your quick introduction and personal selling statement used when meeting employers or attending networking events. It should be a concise speech that describes who you are, what skills you have, and why you are interested in a position. When delivered verbally, you should be able to give your pitch in 30 seconds or less. A good elevator pitch takes practice and planning but should also feel natural and be adapted to situations and audiences.
At a recruiting event, such as an information session or the Career Fair, an elevator pitch should include:
- An introduction, including your name, school, and degree
- The focus of your search
- Relevant skills and experiences that you have to offer
- What differentiates you from your peers
- A call for response or question
Sample elevator pitches
Hi, my name is Jane Doe, and I am a junior informatics major at the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering in Indianapolis. In the past year, I’ve strengthened my skills in applying technology solutions through my work in Serve IT with a local nonprofit. I am looking for an internship position that will allow me to work in a client-facing role but also require some technical analytics. The position posted in Handshake by your company piqued my interest, and I’d like to know more about what type of experience you require and the best way to apply.
Hello, I’m John Doe, and I am a first-year student in the human computer interaction master’s degree program at the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering in Indianapolis. Prior to graduate school, I worked for four years as a software development consultant for a large public consulting firm. I combined my love for problem solving with business, and this passion led me to further pursue my education. Can you tell me what skills you look for in a candidate that can really set them apart?